April 2014 Newsletter

If You Build It…
…you will need to maintain it!  We love it in Johanna Woods when people make their homes and home-sites beautiful. We are delighted with lovely gardens, nice decks and enhancements to  home-sites.  But, as you are planning these improvements, please consider what will be required to maintain them next year, in 5 years, etc., etc.  Large wooden structures will need paint and stain to keep them looking fresh and to prevent deterioration due to time and exposure to the elements.  Sheds, metal or wood, will need to be painted periodically and gardens will need fairly constant care to keep them from becoming overgrown with grass and weeds.  These maintenance items will be in addition to the routine care your home will need over the years.  And, as we get older routine maintenance becomes less and less routine for all of us! This is one of the reasons we do inspections in Johanna Woods.  We understand how busy daily life keeps everyone.  We all have schedules and deadlines, but we must keep up with our homes and yards and keep them in good condition.  While we love beautiful additions to home-sites, we also know that the simplest lot in the community will be very attractive if it is neatly and carefully maintained.  So, as you are considering your spring projects please keep future maintenance in mind.  If you are new in the community, we want to see you build the things you will enjoy and that will make your home attractive….but please do so with a plan for keeping up with it in the years ahead so that your dreams don’t turn into headaches!

Calling All Dog Walkers!
Help!  If you walk your dog in the community you MUST pick up after them!  I don’t know anyone who is pleased when they walk outside and find that a “gift” has been left for them by a passing pet.  As the weather improves and we begin to be outside more doing lawn chores, it can be very frustrating to “find” gifts in your yard.  We understand that sometimes the “deposits” in our yards might be from strays that have wandered through.  However, they should NEVER be there as a result of a resident who has walked a pet and been so inconsiderate of their neighbors as to leave pet waste in a yard.  The same goes for the office area, the park and all grassy areas in Johanna Woods.  Please be a responsible pet owner AND a  considerate neighbor!

Neighbor News
Judy Ruttman got to keep her March rent in her pocket courtesy of Johanna Woods!   A friend of hers recently bought a home here and this was our way of saying “thanks” for the referral.  If you know someone who is thinking about making a move, please tell them about your neighborhood.  It could be very rewarding for you!

Just as sure as spring brings flowers and rain, it brings the need to remind the young people and children in the community that the streets, and yards of other residents are not their playground.  Please take a moment and make sure your kids know that traffic has the right of way on all our streets.  If they are walking on the street, riding a bike, skating, whatever… they should immediately move to the side of the street when vehicles are approaching.  They must also remember NOT to play in or trespass through the yards of other residents.  If we are all going to live here safely and peacefully we will all have to do our part to make sure that happens!

For Johanna Woods Only…
Just in time for spring gardening or home improvements, we will have a drawing this month for a $25.00 Lowe’s gift card.  Your on-time rent payment is your entry so no extra effort is needed to be entered and this month you get an extra day to be on time since the 6th is on Sunday!  Please be sure your rent is in the office or the rent drop box by the time we open for business on the morning of the 7th.  If it is, you are on time and automatically entered for the drawing.  Good Luck!

Lawn Care Begins Again
What an awesome thing it would be if the lawn grew to the perfect length and stopped!  Sadly, it does not and it’s time to begin cutting it again.  Lawn care in Johanna Woods is more than just mowing the grass.  All of the concrete surfaces need to be edged and the grass needs to be trimmed around your home, porch and storage buildings.  Neatly cut and trimmed lawns go a long way toward helping us look our best everyday.  If you need help with lawn care chores, call us, we know folks who provide lawn care service.

Cook’s Corner

3 avocadoes, peeled, pitted and mashed
1 lime, juiced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup diced onion
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 roma tomatoes, diced
1 teaspoon minced garlic

In a medium bowl, mash the avocadoes, with a fork.  Then add the lime juice and salt.  Stir this and mix in the onion, cilantro, tomatoes and garlic.  When all ingredients have been mixed together it can be served immediately or, for best flavor, make ahead and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.  Enjoy this great recipe with chips as a snack or prepare as a side-dish for your favorite Mexican dish or meal.  Any way you eat it, it’s good—and avocadoes are good for you!

Community Calendar
April 1st—Rent is Due.
April 6th– Unpaid rent is late; subject to a $25.00 late fee.
April 18th—Good Friday and the office will be closed.
April 20th—Resurrection Sunday!  AKA Easter…worship with your family today.